Public awareness of endocrine disrupting chemicals is low

30 Oct 2020

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are chemicals that can be found in food, consumer products and the environment. EDCs are ever-present in our modern lives. Exposure is associated with negative health effects, including reproductive and metabolic disorders, as well as various cancers. Scientists have categorised EDCs as a serious public health risk, yet according to a recent study by Queen’s University Belfast, the public have poor understanding of EDCs. This study aimed to qualitatively explore how aware the public is of EDCs and their attitudes, beliefs and perceptions of the risks EDCs pose.

For more information:

Kelly M., Connolly L. and Dean M. (2020). Public Awareness and Risk Perceptions of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: A Qualitative Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 17 (21): 7778. DOI: